Renewed space for people and pets open

Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek president Geoffrey Mitchelmore, Williamstown MP Melissa Horne and West Gate Tunnel Project communications and engagement director Anthony Havers enjoyed officially opening the new facilities at G.J. Hosken Reserve on Sunday, June 19. (Supplied)

By Matthew Sims

A number of community members and other dignataries enjoyed the sunshine and the new facilities at the opening of the new facilities at the G.J. Hosken Reserve in Altona North on Sunday, June 19.

Williamstown MP Melissa Horne helped to open the $2 million works which includes the addition of a multicourt, separate fitness stations, play equipment, an off-leash dog area and additional seating.

“It’s wonderful to see the benefits of the project flowing on through the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund, which means locals can now enjoy an improved Hosken Reserve for many years to come,” she said.

“As well as slashing travel times and delivering more reliable journeys, the West Gate Tunnel Project is adding more open space and thousands of trees to the inner west.”

The state government’s West Gate Neighbourhood Fund, the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek and Hobsons Bay City Council jointly funded the project.

FOLKC president Geoffrey Mitchelmore said the new amenities would allow people of all ages to enjoy the green spaces the Kororoit Creek environmental corridor has to offer.

“What a transformation from a paddock to a park,” he said.

“This wonderful new play space and BBQ area will be welcomed by the local community as a place to take the kids.”

Other partners involved in the opening included Melbourne Water, Toyota, Greater Western Water, the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Nestle, Planet Ark, Greening the West and Cedar Meats.